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Brown in Granada/CASA: Intensive Language or Hispanic Studies / Spanish Language and Culture

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Language requirement: Beginner-Intermediate language levels accommodated

Overview

Beginning with the Fall 2016 academic term, the Brown in Granada program will transition to the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad Program (CASA Spain) in Granada. CASA is a non-profit consortium of nine leading United States research universities formed for the purpose of organizing and delivering rigorous education abroad programs in collaboration with leading world universities. CASA member institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, The University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University. The administering institution for the CASA Spain program in Granada is Brown University.

CASA-Spain in Granada offers different tracks in order to accommodate students with varying levels of Spanish language proficiency. 

Academics

Students should use the following guidelines to determine the appropriate track for their semester in Granada:

Level I: Intensive Spanish Language Studies (CILE)

The CILE track is exclusively language focused. It is designed to immerse students fully in the Spanish language and is ideal for students who have completed one or two semesters of college-level Spanish or less (HISP 0200 or less for Brown students). The program consists of 20 hours of instruction per week over the course of the semester. Small classes (maximum of 12-15 students), are taught by expert Spanish language instructors who utilize a highly communicative and dynamic approach in the classroom.  Students are in class four hours per day, five days per week. Courses generally consist of two hours with one professor followed by two hours with another professor, with a short break in between. A student can expect to progress through approximately three language levels (maximum of four in some cases) over the course of the semester.  A student’s class schedule may vary each month according to the time their level is offered (morning session or afternoon session). 

Student performance is carefully monitored throughout the semester-length program and placement levels adjusted accordingly. Students in the CILE track must successfully pass each monthly class in order to receive credit for the semester (contingent on the express approval of the student’s home institution).  Attendance, class participation, assignments and exam grades are all taken into serious consideration when determining a final grade for the class. 

A general course description can be viewed here.

Level II: Hispanic Studies Track (CEH) or Spanish Language and Culture (CLCE)

The CEH track is most appropriate for students who are at the intermediate-high or low-advanced level of Spanish (HISP300-500 for Brown students) prior to arrival. During the fall semester, CEH students will complete four weeks of intensive language classes (CILE) after which they will enroll in five classes of the Hispanic Studies track.  Due to the structure of the spring semester, students will go directly into five Hispanic Studies classes. 

CEH students are required to take Speaking and Writing Skills as part of their course load. Four additional courses will be chosen from the following topic areas: Language, Literature, Geography, History, History of Art, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Culture and Modern Languages (Arabic, French, German, etc.). A complete list of classes and course descriptions can be found here.

The CLCE track is most appropriate for students at the intermediate levels of Spanish prior to arrival. During the fall semester, CLCE students will complete four weeks of intensive language classes (CILE) after which they will enroll in five classes of the Spanish Language and Culture Course (CLCE).  Due to the structure of the spring semester, students will go directly into five Spanish Language and Culture classes. 

CLCE students are required to take Speaking and Writing Skills and Spanish Grammar as part of their CLCE course load. Three additional courses will be chosen from the following topic areas: Language, Literature, Geography, History, History of Art, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Culture and Modern Languages (Arabic, French, German, etc.). A complete list of classes and course descriptions can be found here.

 CEH and CLCE students are responsible for obtaining approval from their home institutions for their CEH or CLCE classes to count toward general credit and/or concentration credit.  Some home schools will not approve the internship classes offered by the CLM for credit.  Students should have several classes pre-approved for credit including a few back-ups in light of possible schedule conflicts and space limitations.  

Important: In the event that a student does not place into the CEH track, he/she may enroll in the CLCE track (if qualified), contingent on the express approval of his/her home institution. In the event that a student does not place into the CLCE track, he/she may continue to study intensive language for the duration of the semester, contingent on the express approval of his/her home institution. Students may not take CLCE classes taught in English.  

Placement Process

Upon arrival, students take a language placement test administered by the Center for Modern Languages and are subsequently placed in the appropriate level of instruction – i.e., either the Level I Intensive Language Studies Track (CILE) or the Level II Hispanic Studies Track (CEH) or Spanish Language and Culture Track (CLCE). Level II students must place into the appropriate level. To enter into the Hispanic Studies Track, students must have surpassed level B2.1 Spanish (CLM 6 Advanced); to enter into the Spanish Language and Culture Track, students must have surpassed level B1.1 (CLM 4 Intermediate).

Students who apply to the Granada program must indicate in their application whether they wish to apply to the Intensive Spanish Language Track (Level I - CILE), the Hispanic Studies Track (Level II - CEH), or the Spanish Language and Culture Track (Level II - CLCE). Final determination of the student's program track and course of study is based on the placement exam that each student must take on-site at the program’s start. Students whose Spanish level is not definitive prior to departure should remain flexible about attending either the Level I or Level II track until their placement exam results are known

Hands-On Experience 

Students have the opportunity to request an unpaid, non-credit bearing internship for the duration of the semester. If you have a very serious interest in engaging in a hands-on experience in an area related to your academic studies, you will be asked to communicate your interests to the CASA on-site staff after you have been accepted into the program. The staff will submit your interests on your behalf to the University of Granada (or to another local institution according to your interests). STEM students will have the exciting opportunity to apply for research assistantships, regardless of their Spanish language proficiency. See STEM Research Assistantships in Granada.

Placements to match each request cannot be guaranteed. Students should understand that if an internship is secured there is an expectation of a serious commitment on the student's part and the student must participate reliably and responsibly throughout the program

Host Institution

The University of Granada, founded in 1531 by the Emperor Charles V, is one of the oldest in Europe. Its Islamic roots go back to the original Palacio de la Madraza, founded in 1349 by Sultan Yusuf I. For almost 500 years, the University has been a clear exponent of historical, intellectual and cultural tradition and a important center of education among Europe’s universities. Today, it is a comprehensive university with stunning architecture that spans from the 16th century to the present. With seven campuses, over 60,000 students, and vast range of courses offered, the University of Granada is one of the largest universities in Spain.  

The University of Granada's Center for Modern Languages (CLM) offers both local and international students a multi-cultural, multi-lingual environment where world perspectives and traditions are exchanged on a daily basis.  Students from 35 different countries around the world come yearly to the CLM to study Spanish language and culture, while Spanish students are studying other modern languages in the classrooms right next door. 

Recognized by the Cervantes Institute for excellence in the delivery of a broad array of language programs, the CLM is a pioneer in Spanish language instruction for international students, with origins that date to the delivery of its first program nearly 50 years ago. 

The CLM is fully equipped with a specialized languages and linguistics library and the most up-to-date audio-visual aids in both classrooms and language laboratories that are set up for multimedia and audio-video activities.  The two CLM buildings are located in the historic Realejo neighborhood in close proximity to the newly renovated UGR School of Architecture.   The main building is found in the old Palace of Santa Cruz (16th C.), the restoration of which for educational purposes was completed in 1992. The second building is the old Hotel Kenia, adapted for teaching purposes in 2005. 

Program Calendar

Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year.  Please refer to the 2016/17 program calendar (Intensive Language or Hispanic Studies) for more specific information about program dates.

Fall: End of August – Late December

Spring: Late January – Late May (Level II) / Early June (Level I)

Housing

Students will be placed with carefully selected host families for the duration of the program.

On-Site Support

CASA-appointed on-site staff assist students upon arrival and throughout their stay in Granada.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Brown in Granada program is open to undergraduate students from Brown. Applications from visiting students from non-CASA member institutions may be considered on a space available basis.

Students must be in good academic standing and have completed the appropriate level of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent, as explained above, before beginning studies in Spain.

Application Instructions

Apply by the deadline using Brown's online application system via the "apply now" and "return to application" buttons on the left side of this page.  Applications typically require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early.

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